Cubs vs. Reds Prediction
Will the Cincinnati Reds add to the road woes of the Chicago Cubs when the two meet up this evening at 7:10PM ET?
953 Chicago Cubs vs. 954 Cincinnati Reds
Thursday, August 8, 2019
7:10PM ET – Great American Ball Park
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Cubs are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -135 to win. The Reds are listed with a money line of +115 to prevail, while the over/under total has been set at 9.5 runs. The public betting for the contest currently has 70 percent going on the Cubs on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Cubs heating up
Chicago had a nice six-game homestand over the last week, going 5-1 and wrapping things up with a 10-1 win over the Athletics yesterday. The Cubs are 62-52 on the season, 21-33 on the road and 58-52 with the under. Chicago has Cole Hamels getting the start today. He is 6-3 on the season with a 2.84 ERA.
On the year, the Cubs are putting up 5.00 runs per game while batting .254. On the mound, Chicago has a 3.99 team ERA with a 1.29 team WHIP. Javier Baez is leading the team this season with 30 doubles, 28 home runs and 78 RBI. He is questionable to play today due to a shin injury. Anthony Rizzo is adding 24 doubles, 21 home runs and 71 RBI.
Reds on a win streak
The Cincinnati Reds are riding a three-game win streak right now following a pair of wins over the Angels at home this week. Cincinnati is 54-58 on the season, 31-26 at home and 66-43 with the under. The Reds have Alex Wood getting the start today. He is 1-0 on the season with a 3.18 ERA.
Cincinnati has one of the stronger pitching staffs in the league, posting a 4.02 team ERA this year with a 1.28 team WHIP. Offensively, the Reds are putting up 4.54 runs per game while batting .247 as a team. Eugenio Suarez is leading the team with 17 doubles, 30 home runs and 72 RBI while Jose Iglesias has 15 doubles, eight homers and 43 RBI.
MLB Betting Trends
The Cubs are just 8-20 in their last 28 road games and 0-5 in their last five road games against a left-handed starter.
The Reds are 6-1 in their last seven home games, but just 1-7 in their last eight games following a day off.
For as good as the Cubs have been at home this year, they have struggled a great deal on the road. Hamels looked good in his return from injury against the Brewers, but lasted just five innings in his start five days ago. Wood has made just two starts this year, allowing four runs over 11.1 innings. I think he has the better support behind him on the mound today. Chicago hasn’t been able to get on track on the road. While on paper they look like the better team, I can’t trust them to win consistently away from Wrigley.
MLB Prediction: Cincinnati Reds +115